The Sri Lankans failed to get hold of the second-tier Indian side in the first two ODIs. However, they clinched a consolation game in the 3rd ODI. The T20I series is scheduled to begin on 25th July. This will be India’s final T20I series before the upcoming T20I World Cup. Every youngster will be eager to make a strong statement in the series in the hope to fix their place in the World Cup squad. Here is Why Sehwag Criticises Pandey.
IND vs SL: Sehwag Criticises Pandey and Pandya
The young Indian players impressed the audience with their stunning performance in the first two ODI. However, Indian veteran Manish Pandey continued with his disappointing set of performances. After a poor IPL 2021, 31-year-old Pandey was handed a chance in the Sri Lankan tour. Surprisingly, he failed to show up against a weak Sri Lankan bowling as well. He scored 26, 37, and 11 in the three ODIs.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag reckons that Pandey has already played his last ODI for India. Pandey had an opportunity to prove a point in the ODI series but he failed to grab the opportunity. Virender Sehwag also took a dig at out of form Hardik Pandya.
“Here was an opportunity for Manish Pandey and even Hardik Pandya for that matter. Both had scored some 15-20 runs so they disappointed me more. In this three-match series, if anyone got the most benefit, it was Pandey. He played all three matches and got the chance to bat, and on all three occasions, the situation wasn’t challenging either that he had to accelerate.
“So, I believe Pandey has disappointed me the most. Perhaps he may no longer get a chance in ODIs for India, and even if he does, it is going to be a long time. Since he lost the opportunity to score in these three matches, he’s fallen behind in the pecking order. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have scored runs so these two will be considered ahead of him in the middle order,” he said